Better Than A Sugar Cookie! -Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

I participate in a cookie exchange with a group from work and this particular year I wanted to make something simple instead of over-the-top.  I’ve been busy and needed something what was easy and that would taste good.  This little gem came to me from my Twitter friend @brandiego and i thought that it sounded…

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

Bring meat to a Super Bowl party and everyone will love you for it.  Bring good pulled pork and you won’t have to worry about brining leftovers home because it will gone before the 3rd quarter!  This dish served as a nice break from all the chips, dip, bad interceptions, turnovers and snack foods. Side…

Guava Infused Maple Syrup

This syrup was a surprising hit!  I was unsure how the guava flavor would be received by our friends, but I took a chance and it paid off.  It was a nice fruity addition to the waffles and pulled pork that was served as a Spanish take on chicken and waffles.  This syrup is also…

Crispy Cornmeal Waffles by Williams Sonoma

These waffles are light and crispy and tastes so good!  This was on our brunch menu as my take on classic southern chicken and waffles- Pulled Pork Pernil and waffles with Guava Infused Maple Syrup. This would also be delicious as a sweet treat topped with fresh berries and whipped cream. For the waffles: 4 Tbs. (1/2…

Sumac Chicken with Cauliflower, Carrots, and Parsnips

This is the first time I’ve ever cooked with sumac, and I will definitely find ways to sneak this unique spice into my foods in the future! It is deep red in color, aromatic with notes of pink peppercorns and citrus. It tastes like dried lemons and ancho chilies all at once, with a tart,…

Like Butta!!- Apple Butter

Here’s the situation: my partner, Kevin, and I  would buy a three to five pound bag of apples for our weekly healthy snack and sometimes we forget that we bought the apples in the first place!  The apples would sit and after two weeks would turn brown and mushy or dehydrate into miniture shrunken head versions…

Tex-Mex Salisbury Steak (from America’s Test Kitchen)

Honestly, I have never made Salisbury steak before and I didn’t know what to expect, I was delightfully surprised!  This is not your grade-school teddy bear shaped Salisbury steak nor your frozen dinner Salisbury steak covered in a salty flavorless sauce of yore, this version has a bounty of wonderful flavors with an added kick…

Curried Chicken Chickpea Soup

Just imagine coming home on a cold day to the aroma of curry wafting about the house from this Indian inspired soup.  It makes me want to take a deep breath, let it go and say, ” Ahhhhh….” The flavors are warm without being spicy; just enough to take your mind off the biting wind….

Super Bowl Pulled Beef Brisket with Beer

It is the greatest compliment when a friend requests a repeat of a meal that you’ve cooked before and this was the case for Super Bowl XLVIII.  This was a nice change in place of wings or burgers.  The first time I made this was when we were invited to a raft up and I suggested…